Stoli belongs to Russian state in Benelux, court rules
SPI Group has lost control of its Stolichnaya brand in the Benelux region after a Dutch court ruled it belonged to the Russian state.
Top 10 curious cocktail garnishes
From roast chicken and batteries to raw fish and beef, this collection of bartenders certainly don’t suffer from a lack of creativity when its comes to their cocktail garnishes.
McConaughey to star in Billionaire’s Vinegar
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey is to star in The Billionaire’s Vinegar, a film based on a book of the same name which details one of the world’s most infamous wine frauds.
Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Nutella Negronis and banana cake, it’s been a busy, varied and indulgent week for the drinks business.
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Members of the wine trade are invited to the celebrate the last day of the London Wine Fair and raise vital funds for industry colleagues at a pink flamingo party hosted by The Benevolent.
The Ivy restaurant’s private bar sold for 30 times more than its estimate at a charity auction fetching £31,250.
UK wine merchant Jascots has launched a range of wines on tap aimed at casual dining restaurants, where a thirst is growing for wine in kegs.
UK off-trade alcohol prices slowed to less than half of last year’s since the Government scrapped the alcohol duty escalator, according to research published by the WSTA.
A “feminist” beer has been launched in Brazil by a group of activists hoping to challenge the way women are portrayed in the advertising industry.
A dress grown from beer and bacteria is set to premiere at the World Expo 2015 in Milan.
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Sotheby’s latest London sale saw strong demand for the wines of Egon Müller alongside the usual top selling Burgundies of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
A blind tasting of the Saint Emilion grands crus classés A across several vintages saw Angelus and Pavie lag behind fellow “A”s Cheval Blanc and Ausone, leading one critic to suggest they are “not on the same level”.
A lawsuit levelled at fine wine merchant the Antique Wine Company over “fake” Château d’Yquem has been thrown out of an Atlanta court but proceedings could now move to the UK.
California may no longer be trying to ape Burgundy’s style, but there is a growing belief that producers must recreate the smaller-scale structure of the Côte d’Or to reach the same quality heights.
A Russian man has built a house made from 12,000 Champagne bottles in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, where it is known as the “Palace of Oz”.
Climate change is making it easier to produce vintage Champagne with one in every two now a vintage year according to the chef de cave of Perrier-Jouët.
Last night, members of the UK drinks trade celebrated the career of Nick James, managing director of Pol Roger Ltd, who is retiring this month.
British model turned TV star Kelly Brook celebrated the debut of her US sitcom with 1,000 magnums of Champagne, gifted by Ellen DeGeneres.
Hong Kong merchant One Red Dot has named Douglas Thomson as its new business development director.
The modern wine trader is undoubtedly a demanding beast. Not only do they want to keep costs down, but they want more visibility, increased flexibility of supply, as well as faster access to information.
A European labelling company has launched in the UK providing a “game-changing” online service.
Norbert Dentressangle is providing fast-growing St Austell Brewery with a distribution platform, supporting the company’s continued expansion.